Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

October 20, 2006

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 2006 EPF Grant Awards

Albany County

Village of Menands - $54,000
The Village of Menands will redevelop a currently vacant and deteriorated small pocket park in the South end of the municipality. The project will include a small playground for young children and benches and picnic tables for use by all. Redevelopment is a priority as there is no public park in this village area.

United Church of Cohoes - $275,000
The United Church of Cohoes will restore the exterior of this 1860 landmark structure. This work is critically important to both the long-term survival of the building and to the Historic District as a whole, The project will restore stained glass windows, installation and new vented glazing, rebuild buttresses, repointing, roofing painting, and restoration of cast-iron fencing.

Cathedral Restoration Corporation - $350,000
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception's East Fa├žade Project will entail the removal of Portland Brownstone, repointing the brick armature underneath and installing new Sandstone. The restoration of the east facade removes the threat to public safety and enhances the Cathedral as a gathering space for year round public events.

St. Ann Maronite Church - $190,410
St. Ann Maronite Church will rehabilitate and restore the facade and stained glass windows, panes and structural support systems of the former "Ohio Street Methodist/Episcopal Church" and parsonage. Etched in many of these glass panes, are the names of residents, some notable, dating back to when the junction of the main route of the Erie Canal to Buffalo and the Lake Champlain branch was in Watervliet. By restoring the exterior and stained glass windows, this structure will ensure that a portion of the heritage of Watervliet is preserved for current and future generations.

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum - $92,710
The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum continue the restoration work that has been ongoing for eight years. This project addresses exterior maintenance and interior environmental issues in the machinery spaces that must be dealt with prior to sending the Slater into dry-dock for hull repairs. The ship has become a centerpiece in the redevelopment of Albany's Riverfront.

New York State Museum - $290,000
The NYS Museum acquired the historic 1921 Day Peckinpaugh motorship in 2005 and has begun the vessel's transformation into a mobile floating museum and classroom. The Day Peckinpaugh was the first vessel specifically designed for the dimensions of the New York State Barge Canal and the last of its kind remaining afloat. Proposed improvements will be made to the vessel's hull, new fuel tank, ballast tanks and piping, lead paint mitigation.

Town of Guilderland - $99,000
The Town of Guilderland will develop a neighborhood park at a site formerly used as the McKownville Reservoir. Funding will be utilized to design and construct a pedestrian path around the pond, build a footbridge across creek outfall and construction of a gazebo along with a picnic area.

Allegany County

Fountain Arts Center - $195,000
The Fountain Arts Center is will undertake the preservation and rehabilitation of its facility the former Belmont Hotel. This project will address the renovation of the exterior of building, foundation repair, repair of failing floor joists and will continue with stablization of a collapsing wall and deflected brick masonry above the courtyard.

Broome County

Town of Conklin Parks Department - $50,000
The Town of Conklin Parks Department under the guidance of the Township Board maintains three township parks, a softball field behind the Town Hall and approximately 2.5 acres adjacent to the Donnelly Elementary School. In order to provide a safer environment for those who utilize the parks, the Town will rehabilitate various parks to include new fiber ground cover at several sites; upgrade playground and basketball equipment at both Julius Rogers Park and Conklin Forks Park; and provide playground, basketball and picnic facilities at Schnurbush Park.

Broome County Parks and Recreation Department - $200,000
The Broome County Parks and Recreation Department will construct the Whitney Point Community and Lake Walkway/Bikeway, a 2.27 mile long multi-use paved trail connecting the Village of Whitney Point, the Whitney Point High School campus, and Broome County's Dorchester Park. This project will not only create year-round recreational opportunities for walkers, runners, rollerbladers, bicyclists, snowshoers and cross-country skiers, but will provide a safe alternate route between northern Broome County's population center and its premier park facility. The trail will be constructed on property owned by the Village of Whitney Point, The Whitney Point School District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Roberson Museum & Science Center - $103,200
Roberson is a regional museum and science center located at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. The complex includes the Otsiningo Meeting Site, a planetarium, Life Science Learning Center, galleries, a collection of historical artifacts and regionally significant artworks, and the Binghamton Visitor Center. The deteriorating tri-level East Porch of the Alonzo Roberson Mansion will be restored to retain the viability of the mansion, a centerpiece of the complex.

Cattaraugus County

Town of East Otto - $27,000
The Town of East Otto and the East Otto Preservation Supporters, a local grassroots group, have partnered to make improvements and enhancements to the town playground. The present playground equipment is at the end of its useful life, many features over 50 years old, and is not age appropriate for all children. The project will replace the gym set with more age appropriate features, move the basketball court from the driveway, build a picnic pavilion, install safe ground surfaces, add bleechers at the T-ball field and provide ADA accessibility.

Town of Franklinville - $93,000
The Town of Franklinville , located 50 miles south of Buffalo in the scenic Ischua Valley will renovate and enhance the park located on the shore of Case Lake. The park has suffered from disinvestment and neglect, existing structures are deteriorated and the area has suffered from vandalism. Funds will be used to construct a new picnic pavilion, replace tables and grills, improve drainage and park access, provide for ADA acessibility and a trailer turn around for boats, horses and snowmobiles.

City of Salamanca - $37,000
This grant will enable the City of Salamanca to create further recreational opportunities for residents. The City will work on its existing wood structure playground, rehabilitate an existing outdoor ice skating rink and install a new outdoor basketball court.

Chautauqua County

Village of Fredonia - $175,000
The purpose of this project is to reconstruct the exterior of the Village Hall and Opera House located in the downtown Fredonia Commons Historic District. The project encompasses roof demolition and replacement, gutter reconstruction, upper entablature and cornice replacement, exterior painting and exterior door renovation. The facility is currently used as offices for the Village and the Opera House that offers cultural events.

Chemung County

Grace Church of Elmira - $175,000
Grace Church is a historic church located near Westside Historic Association boundaries. The 1972 tropical storm Agnes undermined the west side of the historic building. Subsequent deterioration of the foundation, stained glass windows, roof and eaves need restoration to preserve the integrity and safety of the building and chimney.

Clinton County

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts - $182,000
North Country Cultural Center for the Arts purchased the historic Strand Theatre in 2004 with the goal of restoring it to it's 1924 grandeur and turning it into a performing arts center. This grant will support interior and exterior work included in Phase III of the renovation plan including repair to damaged bricks, terra cotta tiles, flooring, roofing, fire escapes, reconstruct the marquee, replicate doors, windows, and asbestos abatement.

Village of Rouses Point - $97,500
The Village of Rouses Point will acquire and develop three parcels of land located on the shore of Lake Champlain. The project will provide a lake view and public access to the waterfront from downtown by landscaping, lighting , paving and the installation of benches and hand rail on a portion of Lake Street.

Columbia County

City of Hudson - $250,000
The City of Hudson intends to increase the amount of parkland, without acquisition, by introducing recreational facilities onto an 11 acre parcel that is presently used for other municipal purposes. The City will develop a portion of this parcel for both active and passive recreational uses, providing a range of amenities to serve the needs of persons of all age groups in the surrounding neighborhoods. This grant will fund a playground, dog run, basketball court, skate park, and bike trails.

Columbia Land Conservancy, Inc. - $289,270
The Round Ball Mountain Conservation Area in Ancram represents a unique opportunity for the Columbia Land Conservancy, a not-for-profit land trust, to combine public and private land protection in a way that will maximize recreational opportunities while addressing local deficiencies in conservation and open space. The property is on the western side of the Harlem Valley and is highly visible from the Rudd Pond area of the Taconic State Park and the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Acquisition of this 156-acre property will provide the public the opportunity to hike to the top of the 1,318 foot summit, which is part of a strategic effort to protect a four and a half mile ridgeline.

Cortland County

Center for the Arts of Homer, Inc. - $350,000
The Center for the Arts of Homer, Inc. was founded by a group of individuals whose dual mission is to enhance opportunities for appreciation and participation in the arts and to preserve a significant landmark, the former Homer Baptist Church, located in the Village of Homer. With the funding, this important historic and architectural church will be acquired, preserved, and adaptively reused as a visionary project to advance arts and music for public enjoyment.

Dutchess County

The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. - $350,000
The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is a not for profit "Friends" organization working with NYSOPRHP to preserve Bannerman Island-Hudson Highlands State Park. This grant will fund Phase 1 of stabilization for the structures on Bannerman Island (stabilization of the Bannerman residence). Emergency stabilization to the structures on Bannerman Island is essential because the buildings will continue to deteriorate and this unique historic Hudson River icon could be lost. This grant will fund masonry work, floor joists, sub-flooring and a new roof system.

St. Simeon Foundation - $35,500
The St. Simeon Foundation (owner of Maple Grove) and its Maple Grove Restoration Committee will help rebuild the porch foundation, exterior stairs, and two north chimneys, the next phase of work on the exterior of the main house at Maple Grove. The initiative to repair and restore Maple Grove began in 2000, and the property, with its 1850 "Hudson River Bracketed" country villa, was listed on the State and National Registers in 2001. The first phase of work on the West Facade (supported by funding from a 2002 Bond Act grant) has been completed.

Historic Hudson Valley - $200,000
Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) is a private, non-profit educational organization that preserves and opens to the public six nationally significant historic properties. Among them is Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark on 434 acres in northern Dutchess County. The Montgomery Place estate includes three historic structures in the hamlet of Annandale that require exterior restoration to support the Town of Red Hook Comprehensive Plan, state planning documents, and Historic Hudson Valley strategic plan. This project will fund the restoration of roofs, chimneys, windows, doors and porches.

Erie County

Village of Angola - $31,670
The Village of Angola has proposed enhancements to Herman Park, the Village's largest park. The Village will be constructing a hike/bike path which will also enhance recreational opportunities and access to Big Sister Creek, a NYSDEC-regulated water body in the Erie-Niagara Basin.

Town of Lancaster - $49,802
The Town of Lancaster will rehabilitate and expand recreational facilities at the Mechanic Street Park. Planned improvements include repaving of two degraded tennis courts and a parking lot. Additional improvements include installation of playground equipment and a 400 square foot picnic shelter.

Town of Tonawanda - $150,000
The Town of Tonawanda will demolish the outdated Sheridan-Parkside Wading Pool and construct a 2,300 square foot spray pool to be known as the Sheridan-Parkside Spray Zone. The spray pool will incorporate a play apparatus and will be usable by persons of all ages.

Town of Brant - $50,000
The Town of Brant will acquire 9 acres of land contiguous to the park and will construct a 3,065 linear foot trail and install ADA compliant modular playground equipment. The proposed enhancements at the Town Park will increase the capacity of the only recreation area located in Brant.

Town of Amherst - $347,250
The Town of Amherst will acquire the 62.4 acre Grammercy Park. Acquisition of this threatened parcel will preserve open space in Amherst . The proposed parcel will provide passive recreational and environmental interpretation opportunities for the Town and surrounding communities.

Roycroft Campus Corporation - $300,000
The Roycroft Campus Corporation will acquire and restore buildings on the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora. The project includes acquiring the Copper Shop and the Power House buildings along with restoring the stone wall. The Roycroft Campus Corporation will re-create business and develop educational interpretation at this designated National Historic Landmark.

Village of Williamsville - $150,000
The Village of Williamsville will acquire the Williamsville Water Mill. Acquisition of the parcel insures the Mill, long representative of the community's rich heritage, will be preserved and restored while maintaining public access. The Mill also serves as a key link between the Village's open space and central business district.

Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier - $45,000
The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier will acquire 3.32 acres of vacant land adjacent to the Warren Hull House. The parcel is currently agricultural land and will be used for future development of a visitor's center. Acquisition of this property is necessary in order to ensure the future development of the Hull House complex as an important contributor to the history of Erie County

Martin House Restoration Corporation - $350,000
The Martin House Restoration Corporation will restore the custom millwork and plaster finishes of the interior in the Martin House. These elements are a vitally important part of the restoration of one of New York State's most important icons.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. - $200,000
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society will do restoration work on Buffalo's Historic Conservatory Houses 2 and 3 located in the Olmsted designed South Park. Proposed restoration includes replacement of glass panes, repair and replacement of steel superstructure, repair, replacement and painting of deteriorated wood features, foundation and gutter repair, interior floor repaving, interior wall repair, removal of lead and asbestos and building repainting.

Essex County

Town of North Elba - $38,000
The Town of North Elba will develop six playing fields for soccer, lacrosse and rugby on vacant property owned by the Town and adjacent to playing fields owned by the Lake Placid Central School. Currently, there are not enough fields for use by the School, municipal leagues and rugby and lacrosse tournaments that are held each year. This site is the only property available for playing fields in the community.

Town of Schroon - $107,000
The Town will reconstruct the foundation to which the Town's municipal floating docks are attached. Over the years the structure has fragmented and is significantly damaged, thus jeopardizing the entire docking system. Without this structure the ability to dock for several hours and enjoy the Town's amenities is not complete.

Fort Ticonderoga Association - $209,000
Fort Ticonderoga is continuing in its goal of restoring its major walls. The concrete walls of the North East Bastion were constructed in the 1970s but the installation of the stone veneer and parapet were never done. This work will complete structural work in order to prevent future wall failure.

Franklin County

Town of Waverly - $10,000
The Town of Waverly will re-open the Town's public beach, which was closed in 1988, and update the playground equipment to provide recreational oportunities for area youth and families in this underserved area. This will provide a safe, supervised swim and play area for residents and visitors, while removing dilapidated and dangerous playground equipment. At the present time, there are no supervised or organized youth activities in the township or surrounding communities during the summer months.

Paul Smith's College - $150,000
Paul Smith's College, the only baccalaureate degree granting institution within the Adirondack Park, and located on the site of the former Paul Smith's Hotel, has committed to restoring Harriman Cottage, the last remaining building from the original hotel complex. Two of the three remaining buildings from this once expansive hotel complex have been restored and restoration of the last remaining building will complete the renovation. Restoration will include a new roof, replacement of the front and side "cure porch", repair/replace siding and windows, and interior restoration of floors, walls and ceilings as well as asbestos removal and mold abatement.

First Congregational Church of Malone, UCC - $116,000
The First Congregational Church of Malone, built on the site of its two predecessors in 1883, remains to this day as one of the cornerstone historic structures in downtown Malone. The church tower is in critical need of repair to prevent water damage from harming the many important historical and cultural artifacts of the church, especially its "Angel" stained glass window and access tunnels used during the Underground Railroad movement. This preservation work is the first step towards allowing these tunnels to be open to the public as a Heritage Trail destination and will preserve the "Angel" window for future generations to enjoy.

Malone Central School District - $43,291
Malone Central School District will replace the playground at Flanders Elementary School, an 84-year old school serving rural Northern New York. Upgrading the playground will ensure that the School District can properly serve current and future generations. Funding will be used to purchase and install new playground equipment, concrete, concrete block, ground cover, drainage and plastic border.

Fulton County

Town of Caroga - $24,000
The Town of Caroga is proposing to develop a "Multi-Seasonal Municipal Park" consisting of construction of a pavilion with picnic tables and grills in a landscaped area, an upgraded ice skating rink and a parking area on lands currently not being used. All project components will be located on land owned by the Town and easily accessible from Route 10. The Town has no other town parks and, excluding the municipal golf course, has no other town outdoor recreational facilities within its boundaries.

Genesee County

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council, Inc - $150,000
The project will include exterior restoration and structural rehabilitation for the site: repair and repaint the original double hung wood windows, complete site work, repair soft brick masonry of the building, and replace roofs

LeRoy Central School District - $108,275
The School District will replace an existing pressure treated playground with a new plastic and metal unit.

Greene County

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society - $200,000
The Hudson Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society owns and operates the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. The funding will be used to stabilize and reinforce the foundation structure to prevent collapse of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is used by the Coast Guard as an unmanned beacon and the society maintains the lighthouse for educational and historical purposes. Work will involve replacing damaged cribbing beams, rebuilding piles and mortar joints of the granite base

Hamilton County

Village of Speculator - $7,100
The Village of Speculator in partnership with the private not-for-profit Lake Pleasant-Sacandaga Association will purchase and install a 20' public boat dock in the Speculator Village Park on Lake Pleasant. The property is highly visible and immediately adjacent to the municipal beach along NYS Route 30 and near NYS Route 8, and the dock will allow public use of an underutilized natural resource.

Herkimer County

Town of Herkimer - $100,000
The Town of Herkimer will improve its only recreation facility by reconstructing two deteriorated ball fields, constructing a new picnic pavilion with handicapped accessible rest room facilities, adding lighting to two tennis courts, installing new playground equipment, and constructing new parking facilities for 30 cars. The park is heavily utilized and has been seriously impacted by the recent private sale of an adjacent property previously used for parking and the subsequent loss of all available off-street parking.

Town of German Flatts - $150,000
The Town of German Flatts will develop a Town Park adjacent to the historic Fort Herkimer Church, Canalway Trail, and Erie Canal on land purchased for this purpose in 1999. The project includes acquisition of two additional small parcels of land, demolition of three buildings, construction of a Visitor's Center with exhibitry, and a park entrance and parking improvements. The project will have extraordinary recreation benefits to Canalway Trail users, the Erie Canal Greenway, area residents and heritage tourism visitors to the historic Fort Herkimer Church.

Jefferson County

Village of Sackets Harbor - $46,650
The Village of Sackets Harbor will improve and develop its interpretive program with two components-updating of the Visitor Center exhibits and creating visitor access and interpretive signage at Fort Pike. The Visitor center opened in 1995 and the content and technology of the orientation video and several of the exhibit panels is outdated. As the only remaining military fortification from the War of 1812, Fort Pike will be a critical element in interpretation of Sackets Harbor Heritage Area's theme of national defense.

Village of Carthage - $112,420
The Village of Carthage, with the support of the Town of Wilna, plans to complete the development of Long Falls Park on Guyots Island along the Black River in Jefferson County. Grant funds will be used for site preparation installation and/or construction of lighting, benches, barbecues, picnic tables, a stone pathway, a gate at the base of the bridge on the mainland park, fencing around the mill remnants and the perimeter of the Islands and two pavilions

Kings County

Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes a/k/a Kane Street Synagogue - $350,000
Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes, founded in 1856 and also known as the Kane Street Synagoue, was constructed in 1855 as the Middle Dutch Reform Church and became the home of the synagogue in 1905. It is a large and early example of a Norman revival style building with square towers and originally crenellated parapets. The first phase of exterior restoration of the sanctuary includes the restoration of roofs, brownstone, window tracery, entrance doors and structural stabilization

Mount Lebanon Baptist Church - $250,000
This project will help preserve and restore of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, located in Brooklyn's Stuyvesant Heights neighborhood. Designed by Parfitt Brothers in the Romanesque Revival style of ecclesiastical architecture, the deteriorated conditions of the distinctive slate roof, masonry and facades and associated church fabric threaten the stability of this 1894 building. The church became the home of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in 1948. The work includes removal of the imitation slate roof and restoration of the roof back to its original terra cotta tiles, standing seam metal roofing repairs, sheetmetal and flashing repairs, brick and brownstone repair, and window repair.

City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation - $350,000
The City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation will begin a phased renovation of Robert E. Venable Park in the East New York neighborhood in Brooklyn. This project includes the construction of a children's playground with new play equipment, swings and safety surfacing and a spray shower, along with the installation of new benches and landscaping

Livingston County

Town of North Dansville - $193,000
The project includes construction of two 40 yd by 80 yd soccer/football practice fields, one full sized football/soccer field and two parking lots.

Monroe County

Henrietta Foundation, Inc. - $300,000
The Henrietta Foundation will purchase a 25 acre executive 9 hole golf course, a club house, driving range, recreation building and greenspace.

Wild Wings Inc - $43,350
Wild Wings will open their Nature Center and construct a housing/rehabilitation facility for injured birds of prey.

City of Rochester- Mount Hope - $150,000
The project involves repair/replacement of the Gatehouse's slate roof and connection points related to the roof system, in order to preserve the overall structure and arrest interior water damage.

Nassau County

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - $287,500
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a non-profit research and educational institution established in 1890, will renovate its 1904 Carnegie Building, which houses the Laboratory's Library and Archives. The building was the birthplace of American genetics and the Laboratory aims to adaptively restore and preserve its interior to its original period condition. The rejuvenated Carnegie Building will provide suitable space for the Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Project will include structural repairs and restoration of the flooring, windows, doors, lighting and fireplace chimney

Planting Fields Foundation - $200,000
Planting Fields Foundation will stabilize exterior and interior masonry and steel components affected by poor drainage at the Camellia House; improve the existing drainage system by maximizing capacity and mitigating further damage to the structure; replace inappropriate glazing with etched glass and repair framing.

Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf - $207,224
Sefton Manor, a true Gold Coast Mansion built in 1925, served as a school for deaf children for over 50 years. Now empty, the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf will restore it for varied uses, which will enable the public to view this magnificent building. This project will repair the gothic arch main entrance, windows, roofing, chimneys, re-point mortar joints on walls, replace balustrade and repoint steps to the Great Lawn and the retaining wall at the patio.

Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums - $350,000
The Hempstead House Restoration project is the lynchpin needed for effective interpretation of the historic resources of the Sands Point Preserve visited by thousands of individuals and school groups each year. The 216 acre Sands Point Preserve, known historically as the Gould-Guggenheim Estate, is owned by Nassau County and functions as a museum and educational center. Nassau County will repair windows, limestone materials and steel lintels on the front (south) facade of the Hempstead House.

New York County

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Elizabeth Seton Shrine - $350,000
The James Watson House (1793) serves as the Rectory for the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Elizabeth Seton Shrine, America's first native-born saint and a Roman Catholic house of worship across from historic Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. It is also one of the few remaining Federal townhouses in New York City. The work involves replacement of the roof, and facade restoration including repair of the portico, masonry and 56 windows. The House is seen annually by more than 4 million tourist embarking on ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as passengers from the Staten Island ferries.

The New York City Police Museum - $350,000
The New York City Police Museum is housed in the landmark building that was home to the New York City Police Department's 1st Precinct. Never intended to be a museum, the nearly century-old building has a water infiltration problem from several sources that has resulted in interior damage to the Museum, an environment that is not conducive to proper display and storage of artifacts, and will eventually threaten the stability of the building. The Police Museum proposes to repair the internal gutter system, repoint the masonry, repair roof tiles and replace all the non-original windows.

The Battery Conservancy - $350,000
The Battery Conservancy is working with city, state and federal partners to rebuild and revitalize the Battery, the 23-acre park at the tip of Manhattan. The Sea Carousel at the Battery is a one-of-a-kind undersea adventure with 33 sculpted poly-resin sea creatures and fiber optic lights. The Carousel and its specially designed Pavilion will transform a little-used section of the park into a waterfront destination, and will establish the Battery as a hub for cultural tourism throughout New York Harbor.

SS Columbia Project - $350,000
The SS Columbia Project is dedicated to restoring, operating and interpreting the SS COLUMBIA, the oldest surviving excursion steamer in the US (built 1902) thereby revitalizing communities of the Hudson Valley through responsible heritage tourism and revising the region's 200 year old steambuilding traditions. Vital restoration work to be undertaken includes rebuilding and weather sealing the exterior of the four story wooden and canvas superstructure and repairing and re-coating the riveted stell hull.

Convent of the Sacred Heart School - $350,000
The Convent of the Sacred Heart School, a private girls school, occupies the Otto Kahn and James Burden houses which were acquired by the school in 1934 and joined to house the lower, middle and upper school functions for grades pre-K through 12. There are 320 windows in total in the two buildings. The goal of the project is to restore 30 of the most severely deteriorated and original windows, along with the asociated masonry repairs and flashing replacement. This will address the ailing conditions of the materials and inappropriate and ineffective detailing original to the design and construction.

Save Ellis Island - $350,000
Save Ellis Island was incorporated with the mission to raise awareness and funds necessary to rehabilitate, restore and put to beneficial use the currently deteriorated and unused buildings of Ellis Island, which have stood vacant since 1954. The Ellis Island Baggage and Dormitory building, the largest of the unrestored buildings and the last to be stabilized, was constructed in 1908-09 to house immigrants who were held on the island because of delays in processing or because family members were being treated in the hospitals on the island's south side. The work will include repair of the windows and doors, masonry and stone repair, roofing and drainage, and interior framing repairs.

City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation - $350,000
The City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation will partner with the Harlem River Park Task Force to design and construct a citywide prototype green Comfort Station within the first built phase of an approximately 20 acre public waterfront park--Harlem River Park. It may include a geo-thermal system for heating and cooling, recycled materials for the building finishes and exterior, natural light and ventilation for public spaces and either a solar or green (planted) roof. The facility will serve cyclists, in-line skaters, joggers, and pedestrians who utilize the park as part of the 32-mile greenway around the borough of Manhattan.

Niagara County

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center - $100,000
The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will restore the city's oldest park, Schoellkopf Park, to reflect its original state when built in 1913. The project includes renovation of green space, plantings, seating, lighting and security. The park will also provide a link to the Portage Road entrance of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center.

Oneida County

Village of Whitesboro - $24,500
The Village of Whitesboro, located within the Town of Whitestown, will modernize its expansive parks facilities. As the principal recreational area for the Village and home to some of the oldest playground equipment, the Flagg Street Playground has been targeted for modernization. The Village will replace the playground equipment that is becoming unsafe given its age and condition.

Central New York Community Arts Council, Inc. - $200,000
The Central New York Community Arts Council, owners/operators since 1974 of the historic Stanley Theatre in downtown Utica, will address the severe eastern wall foundation deterioration, faults in the northeast corner of the foundation of the Stanley and flooding of this national treasure. The most substantial and defining importance of the Stanley Expansion Project involves upgrading the stage capacity and theatrical fixtures which are essential to fully implementing the Stanley Theatre's powerful regional economic impact while retaining and accurately restoring the character of this working historic theatre.

Ontario County

City of Geneva - $350,000
The City of Geneva will enclose the Geneva Recreation Complex using donated glass to expand and improve the use of one of the most popular recreation facilities in the Finger Lakes region. The existing ice rink and multipurpose pavilion is an open air facility that operates 18 hours a day between October and March, and 12 hours per day between April and September. Adverse climatic conditions, particularly in the winter months, will be eliminated by these improvements.

Orange County

Town of Monroe - $350,000
The Town of Monroe will develop a new town park with combination soccer/baseball field and concession, bathrooms, and pavillion. The new park will provide passive and active activities as well as preserve the land from future development. The town currently has no County or Town park and recreational facilities are desperatedly needed.

Town of Highlands - $350,000
The Town of Highlands will acquire the marina at Fort Montgomery and create a new public access to the Hudson River that will accomodate watercraft from canoes, kayaks and rowboats to motorboats up to 22 feet long. The marina will become an important link in the Hudson water trail and will be the only public boat access betwen Newburgh and Haverstraw, a distance of 34 miles.

Orange County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation - $200,000
The County of Orange received the 216 acre Gonzaga Property, located at the foothills of the Schunnemuck Mountain, in 2001. The former Jesuit retreat center was abandoned and vandalized with no public access or recreational purpose. This grant will develop a park with multi-purpose sport fields, play areas, and a trail network

City of Newburgh - $200,000
The City of Newburgh will redevelop Newburgh Landing Park, to provide an area for people to gather and enjoy the beauty of the Hudson River. Rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Newburgh landing-passive park and landing (including the pier) will be one of a limited number of Hudson River public access points in the City of Newburgh. Park rehabilitation and improvement include repairs to the pier walkway that connects the park to a boat launch, repairs to the interlocking stone area, and repair or replacement of park benches and the introduction of new landscape elements.

Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Inc. - $200,000
Safe Harbors of the Hudson will restore and preserve Newburgh's last historic stage, the Ritz Theater, which dates back to 1913 and provides a venue for live performances, a home for local arts and performance groups, and job opportunities for the community. This project will fund repairs to joists under the stage, the stage flooring, the orchestra pit, and to the roof above the stage.

Oswego County

Oswego YMCA - $133,210
The Oswego YMCA has served the Oswego community for 151 years. The Armory overlooks the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor and will be occupied by the YMCA after restoration of the failing masonry and leaking roof. The Armory restoration project will serve the primary goal of the Oswego 20/20 Vision Plan by saving and restoring the facility for use as a community arts and recreation center.

Friends of History In Fulton, N.Y., Inc. - $31,500
The Friends of History In Fulton, N.Y. Inc. operate the John Wells Pratt House local history museum in the 1861 Italianate style house built by a local canal boat builder and industrialist. The restoration of the house will continue by replacing the original standing seam tin roofs on the front porch and two gable windows and the out-of-date handicapped accessibility ramp. This work is necessary to protect the integrity of the house, the large investment already made in restoration and to protect the many archival collections and exhibits contained in the house, as well as to make the museum accessible to a large group of physically handicapped visitors.

Queens County

The Church of the Resurrection - $250,000
The Church of the Resurrection will restore the exterior of the church to its appearance in the early twentieth century. The church, which was begun in 1874 and enlarged at intervals between 1905 through the 1920s, is the oldest house of workship in Richmond Hill. The work includes replacement of the copper roofing, flashing, gutters and downspouts, extensive repointing of the schist walls, composite patching of stone trim, and repairs to wood trim.


Town of Hoosick - $79,000
The Town of Hoosick will improve the facilites at the Reynolds-Gilchrest Memorial Building to make it handicapped accessible, and will convert it to a year-round multi-use facility for sports and other community recreational activities. The Town needs additional playing fields and seasonal conversion of the current skating rink will provide a recreational area available at any time and in any weather conditions.

Friends of Washington Park - $90,000
The Friends of Washington Park will restore the 19th-century Belgian Block roadbed of Washington Place. The project will restore the historic integrity, safety and access to a contributing element of the historic district and the gateway to 10 circa 1840 Greek Revival town homes in various stages of restoration. Absent this restoration effort, Washington Place, one of the few surviving antique roadbeds in Troy, will likely be paved with asphalt due to its increasingly poor condition.

Richmond County

St. Paul's Memorial Church - $275,000
St. Paul's Memorial Church and Rectory, located in the Stapleton community of Staten Island, represent two of the four surviving buildings in New York City designed by Edward T. Potter (1870). The project is the restoration of the original decorative slate roof design, replaced with asphalt shingles in the 1950s, and reinstallation of the historic roof clerestory dormers. Roofing repair will take place on the adjoining chapel.

Saratoga County

Town of Waterford - $57,120
Situated at the gateway of the canal system and proposed Erie Canal Greenway, the Town of Waterford will design and produce a program brochure and further develop canal festivals and events that are held at the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center. This project will significantly enhance Waterford as a tourist destination and promote increased tourism for the Canalway. The development of program brochure, new exhibits at the Visitors Center and additional and improved canal festivals and events will also help stimulate the local economy.

Saratoga PLAN - $350,000
Saratoga P.L.A.N., the only land trust for the Saratoga region, will protect approximately 90 acres of nationally significant archaeological resources and state significant ecological resources along Round Lake and the Anthony Kill. The property contains: extremely rare, Native American artifacts of state and national significance and important ecological and wetland resources including a critically imperiled and state-endangered plant, the Swamp Smartweed, bird habitat including a heron rookery, and a significant amount (~5000 ft.) of frontage on and access to the waters of Round Lake and the Anthony Kill, a tributary to the Hudson River.

Schenectady County

Schenectady County Chamber Foundation, Inc. - $340,700
The Schenectady County Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with the City and County of Schenectady, is proposing new, expanded space for the Schenectady Heritage Area Visitor Center. The Visitor Center, currently housed in the Schenectady Museum, has limited space and inadequate opportunities for public exhibits or related educational programs. This project is important as it relocates the Visitor Center to the Gillette House at the Historic Stockade District gateway, thus creating new upgraded public exhibits and an outdoor visitor/pedestrian-friendly "Welcome Plaza" on the adjacent property.

Schuyler County

The Archaeological Conservancy - $10,000
The Archaeological Conservancy is a non-profit organization established to acquire and preserve America's most important archaeological sites. The Lamoka Lake project will protect a significant site located in Tyrone, Schuyler County, a historic Native American community. Acquisition of the 20 acre parcel will add a wealth of information on archaic culture and provide visitors and students a place for education and research on ecological, environmental, and cultural resources.

Seneca County

Women's Interfaith Institute in the Finger Lakes, Inc. - $32,348
The Institute will make improvements to the historic First Wesleyan Church building in the Seneca Falls Heritage Area. Restoration of this historically significant building, associated with the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, is vital to its preservation. The Institute will replace and rehabilitate windows and doors and comply with ADA accessibility standards.

St. Lawrence County

Trinity Episcopal Church - $170,060
Trinity Episcopal Church, constructed in 1835 of sandstone, is one of the most architecturally significant Parish-Gothic churches in New York State and is individually listed on the State Register. The project will protect and preserve the structure by repointing the masonry buttresses and repairing historic Tiffany stained glass windows

Steuben County

The Save-the-Lyon Commission, Inc. - $75,000
This project will complete exterior rehabilitation and handicap accessibility improvements for the adaptive re-use of the historic former Dana Lyon School Annex into a Village of Bath Centre of the Arts. The Save-the-Lyon Commission, Inc. is a grassroots organization of local citizens who have saved this former school from its planned demolition, and who now own the Annex portion of the school complex and plan on converting it to the Center for the Arts.

Suffolk County

The Caumsett Foundation - $350,000
The Caumsett Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supporting the preservation, adaptive re-use and interpretation of Caumsett State Historic Park. The Foundation, committed to returning the estate to its 1920s splendor, will stabilize the architecturally important Polo Stable, designed by John Russell Pope, specifically the roof, dormers, gutters, leaders and cupola.

Town of Riverhead - $49,950
The Town of Riverhead will rehabilitate an obsolete playground and park facility located in an underserved neighborhood. The prioritization of this project is specifically intended to address the lack of recreational facilities for youth in the community.

Town of Riverhead - $350,000
The Town of Riverhead will acquire and develop a vacant 2.6 acre parcel located on the waterfront in South Jamesport. The subject parcel is one of few remaining access points for the public on the Peconic Bay in the town. Three distinct and demonstrated threats to this parcel for condominium development, restaurant development and residential development make this acquisition for additional public recreational opportunities in the town a priority. Development will include parking, landscaping, a boardwalk and playground.

Town of Shelter Island - $125,000
The Town of Shelter Island, on the eastern end of Long Island, will clear an abandoned, overgrown and condemned harborfront property and create a small municipal park. Development will consist of the creation of a green space; reinforcement of steel bulkheads; installation of a guardrail; and construction of a small dock for police and fire boats. This site is near the ferry dock that brings residents and tourists to Shelter Island, a community with beaches and open spaces but limited parkland.

Tioga County

Village of Spencer - $328,750
Nichols Park encompasses a neglected 8-acre pond and wetland habitat, part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and is a community focal point on Main Street in the Village of Spencer. The Village will increase its recreational and educational usage by preserving and protecting the pond, halting its degradation and enhancing previously inaccessible sites. The project will dredge to increase pond depth, replace the deteriorating retaining wall, remove invasive species, and create an accessible walking trail around the full pond perimeter to provide the public with opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and bird-watching.

Ulster County

City of Kingston - $110,685
The City of Kingston acquired the Rondout Lighthouse from the US Coast Guard and is the fee simple owner of the facility. This project would provide for repairs to the concrete porch and caisson; repointing of the 20% remaining exterior bricks; restoration and/or repair and painting of windows, doors, roof, railings, floor beams and plaster walls.

Town of Ellenville - $200,000
The Village of Ellenville will restore the historic Hunt Memorial Building, a key component of Ellenville's revitalization strategy. Funding will be used to repair the roof, repair and replace windows and restore the brick and masonry exterior.

Warren County

Wiawaka Holiday House Inc. - $149,000
Wiawaka Holiday House is the last surviving example of a women's retreat from the Progressive Era still in use for its original purpose in the nation. This property is located on the southeastern shore of Lake George. The project will stabilize Wakonda Lodge, an Adirondack camp style 4,200 square foot building, and restore it to active use both as a guest house, and as a highly visible model of heritage tourism.

Wayne County

Wayne County Historical Society, Inc. - $13,318
This project will rehabilitate the interior of a circa 1937 former "Pure Oil" Gas Station that retains much of its original exterior architecture. The building is currently vacant and requires moderate interior renovations to convert the structure into a combination Visitors Center, museum gallery and conference space. This multi-function will highlight the cultural and natural resources available within the Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor.

Wayne County - $75,000
The Counties will complete restoration efforts at the H.G. Hotchkiss Essential Oil Company Plant located in the Village of Lyons. This unique facility is located on the original Erie Canal alignment and served as the central facility for the essential oil manufacturing industry in Wayne County during the 19th and 20th centuries. Once completed, the building will offer expanded museum facilities that will highlight the Village of Lyons' international prominence in the essential oil industry, and will complement the NYS Canal Corporation's Erie Canalway Trail project. The project will include restoration of foundation, roof, front parapet, windows and doors, interior flooring, and the storefront.

Westchester County

Rye Town Park Commission - $200,000
Rye Town Park, the first of its kind in Westchester County, consists of 28 acres of rolling waterfront property open to the public and abuts Oakland Beach on Long Island Sound. The red tile roof on the bathing pavilion has extensive leaks and needs to be replaced helping to seal the envelop of the building. The Rye Town Park Commission will preserve of the roof of the Historic Bathing Pavilion, a 1909 Mission Style Tower Building complex.

City of Yonkers - $120,000
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation of the City of Yonkers will assist in the continued restoration at Untermyer Park by restoring the remainder of the Arcades in the Lower Formal Garden. This will include the cleaning of the Lower Arcade floor. The importance builds on a previous 2003 grant to restore the Upper Garden Arcades so the entire Arcade area will be completely restored.

City of New Rochelle - $180,000
The City of New Rochelle is requesting funds to rehabilitate the National Register listed Wildcliff Manor, a Gothic Revival style villa designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis circa 1852, that is situated on waterfront property overlooking Long Island Sound. The rehabilitation of this city-owned historic building is an important element in maintaining a significant piece of New Rochelle's fabric. Its restoration and adaptive reuse as a children's theater and arts center will produce three beneficial results: it will allow the public to use and appeciate a historcial and architectural gem in the City; it will add to the cultural opportunities in the region; and the landscape design work will enhance the public's appreciation of the Long Island Sound shoreline. The grant will fund work to the building's foundation and exterior walls.

Town of Cortlandt - $350,000
The Town of Cortlandt is seeking funding toward the acquisition of a portion of the Consolidated Edison parcel located along the Hudson River in the hamlet of Verplank. The 122 acre parcel is currently on the market, is located in a historic, densely developed riverfront community, and the private development of this parcel will adversely affect the character of the hamlet and the Hudson River shoreline. The town wants to acquire the site to enhance public access to the Hudson and create active recreation including ball fields.

Village of Sleepy Hollow - $150,000
The Village of Sleepy Hollow will help preserve and restore the 1883 Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow, establishing it as a museum to showcase the historical importance of this Hudson River lighthouse and the lifestyle of the lighthouse keepers and their families. The project will protect this structure which is on the National Register of Historic Places and an essential part of the region's history. Exterior work includes preparation and painting of all surfaces, lighting, lantern floor,lightning protection as well as interior public area repairs.

The Stepping Stones Foundation - $33,985
Stepping Stones is the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous; Bill Wilson was named one of the last century's most important individuals and his personal history remains at his home in Bedford Hills. It is important that work be done on the structure of the home to preserve the site and its contents. There are existing leaks due to deteriorating window structures and damage is getting worse--the project will address this deterioration.

Westchester County - $350,000
Westchester County developed a plan for a trail, Westchester RiverWalk, to extend from the Bronx to the northern Westchester County border. The County is seeking funding to assist with the acquisition of an easement on the Dominican Sister's of Hope Mariandale Conference and Wellness Center property which is blessed with spectacular expansive views of the Huson River to construct a section of RiverWalk.